- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 22 November 2010
The bell of a cymbal contributes much more to the sound than one migh realize. Nowhere is this more illustrated that in a cymbal that has no bell, such as this 20" Meinl Byzance Jazz Club Ride. It has a dry, light ping that is perfect for small club venues. It has four rivets that add a subtle note to the wash, which is very intense compared to the ride ping.
- Manufacturer Line: Byzance Jazz
- Type: Ride with Rivets
- Style: Medium Heavy
- Alloy: B20 - CuSn20 - 80% Copper, 20% Tin
- Diameter: 20"
- Metal Work: Machine Hammered, Fine Lathed, Brilliant Finish
- Weight: 5 Pounds
- MSRP: $560 USA; Street Price $300
The lathing is very fine, irregularly spaced, and therefore hand done, as is the deep hammering. You can see that the lathing continues right up to the center mounting hole.
The spectrum has peaks at 400 Hz, 800Hz, and 1.7 kHz, then slowly rises to a crest at 10 kHz, drops precipitously at 14 kHz, then is level again from about 15 kHz to 30 kHz before attenuating to 80 kHz. It is a very unusual-sounding cymbal that will certainly get some attention. It is possible that the buzz of the rivets is responsible for the very high frequencies. They are placed about 1" in from the edge at 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock.
The attack is immediate, but the decay is very little up to 1.5 kHz, then again between 15 kHz and 80 kHz during the two second test sample period.
Click HERE to listen to an audio sample, which will include crash (when appropriate), ride, and bell sounds (these are 24 bit, 176.4 kHz wav files, so be sure your sound card is capable of handling these high resolution sound files). In this case, I have included a crash, along with a ride sample near the edge and also where the bell would have been located had there been a bell. The crash sounds almost like a China.